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Customer Review

on August 11, 2011
I'm not sure how anybody can fault this tripod at this price. I have listed some "cons" below, but it's really just a list of personal preferences. Understand that if you want more, you will have to pay significantly more to get it. As background, I purchased the Ravelli tripod mainly for indoor use, using a DSLR with various lenses. I have not tested it outside yet, but have no reason to doubt its performance anywhere.

- High quality construction - holds your gear rock-solid in place (that's the main purpose, right?). Even with a front-heavy telephoto setup, the ball holds firm and without having to over-crank it.
- Flexible positioning - legs have 3 stages and 2 different (and independent) lock positions (narrow and wide). Center can also be inverted to hang the camera. Head has lateral pan function, independent of ball.
- Simple operation - ball-head, center column and legs lock/unlock easily - do not need excessive force to lock.
- Reasonably compact and lightweight
- Comes with carrying case and a free baby tripod.

Cons (basically just nitpicking!):
- Quick release mechanism is a bit different - I'm used to the "snap-in" type - the Ravelli uses a slide-in type which seems more cumbersome (maybe I just need to get used to it).
- Mounting screw (that secures the quick-release plate to the camera) not secured to the plate - when you remove it the screw just falls out!
- Ball-head not (easily) interchangeable - would prefer a generic mount that allows use of different heads or replacement if/when needed.
- Not the lightest tripod (but if you want stability...)
- Don't get too excited about the free baby tripod - you're not going to be mounting your DSLR on it!

The bottom line is that if you want a high-quality, solid and flexible tripod, but don't want to spend $100 or more, I don't think you will find a better value than this.
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